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Wimbledon glance: Nadal, Djokovic to renew rivalry in semis

Roger Federer at Wimbledon GETTYRoger Federer is the Wimbledon favourite but Novak Djokovic has the support of Andy Murray
Betsy Taylor | 14 July, 2018, 08:02

After the match, Anderson said: "I don't really know what to say right now".

"It was really tough for both of us". Isner was 8-3 lifetime versus Anderson coming into the match.

Novak Djokovic led world number one Rafael Nadal after three sets of their Wimbledon semi-final when play was suspended until Saturday.

Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke upset sixth seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-3 4-6 7-5 in two hours and 16 minutes to reacjh the women's doubles final.

Although the All England Club has a retractable roof with lights, in the past it has stopped play for the day at 11 p.m. local time in order not to disturb its residential neighbors in southwest London.

It was also a delight to see twice victor Nadal firing on the grass.

Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain.

Despite going on for almost seven hours, Isner was nowhere close to beating his own record for the longest tennis match history - a first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went on for more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth in 2010 also at Wimbledon.

But his record in fifth sets slumped to 9-18 overall, including defeats of 19-17, 18-16, 12-10 and now 26-24. All I can say is congratulations to John on such a great tournament. "I've hit a lot of left-handed balls throughout my life".


"I apologise if I'm not more excited right now but I've got so many mixed emotions".

The clash surpassed the previous longest Wimbledon semi-final, between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in 2013, which lasted four hours and 44 minutes. "I really hope we can look at it and address this because at the end you don't even feel that good out there".

The final set lasted just five minutes short of three hours.

There are no tiebreakers in the fifth set of matches at Wimbledon. The 2012 Olympian played the longest match in Wimbledon history in 2010. He is the second South African to reach the final, after Brian Norton 97 years ago. Isner and Anderson smacked 102 aces during their lengthy showdown.

Instead, the two players - and a disappointed audience - were sent home after the third set on Friday with Djokovic leading 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) following a tense tiebreaker that had more entertaining rallies than some entire matches. At 6-5, Anderson saved a set point with a smash on his serve and went on to take the opener 7-6 (10-8) in 63 minutes on two errors by his opponent.

But Djokovic took control of the match by winning the first set and was desperate not to lose control of the match, battling to hold in his first service game of the second set.

Anderson had nearly surely forced the game back to deuce with a close-range dink over the net, but a exhausted Isner somehow stormed across the court to slam home a passing victor.

A superb forehand into the ad corner gave him a second chance to take the set on his own serve, but an exchange of drop-shots brought fans to a frenzy.

Anderson would create that turning moment when he resorted to using his non-dominant hand to win a point after tumbling to the grass. Kevin Anderson dispatched tournament favorite Roger Federer in five sets during the quarterfinals, opening the tournament to all competitors. "We want to see Rafa!" "If one person can't finish the other off before 12-all, then do a tie-breaker there", said Isner.

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